ON THE ISSUES

It’s time we had a 12th ward Alderman fighting for us.
That’s why Pete DeMay is calling for:

PARTICIPATORY ZONING

Our neighborhoods should not be sold to the highest bidder, and it’s time to put people’s needs over campaign cash. We need an Alderman who will allow for ample community input before any major development gets the OK from the Ward office. No more surprise asphalt plants! No more ceding public space to private businesses!

 

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

Alderman get 1.3 Million Dollars in “menu money” to spend on infrastructure improvements every year. Why don’t we get a vote in how this money is spent? We deserve democratic process to decide how these resources get allocated. “Menu Money” should NOT be an Aldermanic slush fund – it’s our tax dollars after all.

 

FREE THE FUNDS – TAX THE RICH

Free the Funds and Tax the Rich. Fund our public schools, pensions, mental health clinics and city services by taxing the rich and ending handouts to corporations. This means eliminating Tax Increment Finance districts that benefit the wealthy while reinstating the corporate head tax and instituting a downtown commercial rent tax. We also need to make our money work for us, not Wall Street bankers, by creating a publicly-owned Bank of Chicago with the $80 billion in assets and pension funds controlled by the city and sister agencies.

 

EDUCATION

ERSB Now and No Charter School Expansion. Finally reinstitute an elected, representative school board (ERSB) for Chicago Public Schools, and put a moratorium on the construction of new charter schools.

 

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

CPAC Now. It is time for real police accountability and an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, empowered to hold officers to account and democratically decide how our communities are policed.

 

RENT CONTROL & JUST CAUSE EVICTION

Lift The Ban and Require Just Cause For Eviction. Lift the ban on rent control in Chicago to reign in skyrocketing rents and require just cause for evictions to stop the displacement of Black, Brown and working-class Chicagoans of all backgrounds from rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

 

ERASE THE DATABASE & ABOLISH ICE

Erase The Database and Abolish ICE. Eliminate Chicago’s unconstitutional “gang database” that is arbitrary, overly inclusive, riddled with false information and serves as a list of Black and Brown people who will be targeted for incarceration and deportation. Remove the carve-outs from Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance that allow the city to work with ICE to deport undocumented immigrants.

 

HOMES FOR ALL

Homes For All. Preserve and expand affordable housing across all Chicago neighborhoods by bringing oversight and transparency to the Chicago Housing Authority and require CHA to maintain public housing units on a one-for-one basis in future redevelopments.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Environmental Justice Reform. Reclassify zoning in Chicago’s Black, Brown and working-class neighborhoods that are disproportionately subject to environmental hazards and polluters in order to protect residents’ health.  

Water For All. Address lead contamination in Chicago’s water, prevent the privatization of our water system, and make water truly affordable for all Chicagoans.

 

RAISE WAGES & SUPPORT UNIONS

Fight For 15 and a Union. Immediately implement a $15 minimum wage for Chicago, pass the Fair Workweek Ordinance to provide workers with stability in scheduling, and create a Chicago Office of Labor Standards to protect workers’ rights.

 

GUN VIOLENCE

No Cop Academy. Keep our communities safe and help end gun violence, not by spending $95 million on a new facility for the police—as Emanuel has proposed—but by investing in jobs, education, after-school programs and mental health services.

 

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES
IN THE 12TH WARD

Lack of access to capital often keeps would-be small business owners from pursuing their dream. We need to expand the Chicago Catalyst Fund program so that more loans can be made available. The City of Chicago invests its money in companies all over the world. Why not the Southwest Side?